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August 04, 2006

The four congregations of Sisters of Mercy in Queensland are working to establish a new Catholic organisation to take responsibility for the health, aged care and community service ministries they operate. The sisters said the new body, working collaboratively with the bishops and other Church organisations, could also initiate new ministries in response to changing needs.

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In a first for the Institute, new members and formation personnel from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan and Aotearoa New Zealand gathered in Sydney recently with Local Formation Animators, the Institute Formation Council, the Institute Leadership Team and one of the leadership team members from the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Over the years the world has gone through many changes. Especially the inventions during the twentieth century have turned the world upside down. The world seems like the wonderland in the fairy stories. Now you walk towards the door and it opens itself, the machines not only wash your clothes and dishes but also dry them.

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The Mater Children's Hospital at South Brisbane celebrated its 75th birthday on July 6 and the Sisters of Mercy, Mater staff, patients and their families and supporters were all invited. The birthday celebrations included past and present patients sharing their Mater stories including Margaret Newson, who was hit by a bus at the age of 13 in 1956, and was brought to the Mater for treatment after sustaining serious injuries to her legs, arms and pelvis. Current patients were treated to a special birthday visit by the characters from Movie World.

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The mid-year edition of LISTEN, the journal of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia, has hit the streets. To give readers a taste of what's covered in this edition, read Sister Caroline Ryan's editorial. For those people who haven't subscribed, a limited number of copies are available for purchase from the Institute Office. Email Kathy Fuller kfuller@mercy.org.au if you're interested.

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Mamre, a community project of the Parramatta Mercy Sisters will benefit financially if Jackie Kelly, Federal Member for Lindsay, is a successful contestant on Channel Nine's new program "Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice" (Tuesday, July 11 at 7:30 pm). Jackie has nominated Mamre's Sudanese Refugee Resettlement Program as her charity. For every episode she appears, sponsors will donate up to $8,000 towards the establishment of new facilities for this program. But Jackie needs your support!

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June 13, 2006

On Friday June 2, 2006 Sister M de Lourdes Jarrett RSM received the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Queensland Award of Distinction. The presentation of the AMA Queensland Award of Distinction occurs each year at the Presidential Inauguration and Annual AMA Queensland Awards night and is awarded to non-medical members of the community who have demonstrated service to health in the community.

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The Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation are seeking the services of a Co-ordinator for the Sisters in Mercy Aged Care. Interested applicants should contact Sister Breda O'Reilly, Congregation Leader on Ph: (08) 9382 1477 or Email by Friday, June 16, 2006.

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May 2006 saw the end of an era for the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation. After 143 years of life and ministry at All Hallows' Convent, the local community has relocated to more suitable accommodation leaving the gracious old building for the use of All Hallows' Secondary School.

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Recipients of the 2006 Queensland Greats Award were announced by Premier Peter Beattie during a special ceremony on Tuesday May 30, 2006. For the first year since the awards began in 2001, the Premier named an iconic Queensland institution as a Queensland Great - Mater Misericordiae Health Services.

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